Announcements- Week of Dec. 11

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES will be at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday December 24th. We will have a time of refreshments between the services. Feel free to bring goodies to share.

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES will be Sunday the 25th at 10:00 a.m. The First Sunday of Christmas services will be January 1, at 10:00 a.m. We need readers for that service. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.

THANK YOU TO CHERYL HEINOLD and her helpers, and especially to the children for the Christmas program today! It is a blessing to hear the Christmas message as presented by the children.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE OF HOPE The holy days of Advent and Christmas are often a time of joy and celebration as we rejoice that Jesus is born, and as family and friends gather. But, at times, these days are not as joyful as we hope; perhaps you, or someone you know, are experiencing the loss of a loved-one, or facing health concerns, or missing family, or just “blue” with the short days and long nights. We will be offering a Blue Christmas Service of Hope to help through these difficult times on Tuesday, December 20th, at 7:00 p.m. Come and be surrounded by the love of the Lord, bring someone who is having a difficult time in life, or come and support those who are struggling with life.

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS On Sunday January 1, 2017, the First Sunday after Christmas, we will again have a service of Lessons and Carols. Please sign up for one of the readings on the list in the narthex.

MISSION TRIP MEETING The next Mission Trip planning meeting will be Sunday, January 8, 2017, after worship. Come to learn about the trip and to make plans!

FROM HEAVEN ABOVE: ADVENT WEEKLY WORSHIP SERIES-SERVICE THREE We join with the people of God in finding peace through the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let the words, Scripture verses, hymns, litanies and prayers of this worship experience inspire you to “unwrap” the Gift of Peace from Christ by sharing that peace with all the world.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN CONSIDERED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ Perspectives on intelligent design theory will be explored at Lifetree Café on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Candlewood pool house. The program, titled, “In the Beginning… An Atheist Professor Considers Intelligent Design,” features a filmed interview with Dr. Bradley Monton, a former philosophy of physics professor and self-professed atheist. Dr. Monton’s controversial view on the plausibility of intelligent design has brought criticism from the academic and atheist communities. “I’m an atheist ultimately, and I don’t think that God exists,” Monton says. “But I’m not certain of my atheism, and intelligent design arguments make me less certain.” During the program, participants will have an opportunity to discuss the plausibility of several intelligent design theories.

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS This year the Advent series is entitled: “From Heaven Above”, and we will be worshiping around the themes of: The Gift of Hope; The Gift of Love; The Gift of Peace; and the Gift of Life. Advent will continue each Wednesday evening through December 21. The worship service will be at 6:30, with a potluck meal at 5:30. Bring a dish to pass and join us. The Advent offering for this year will be designated to the local Helping Hands ministry, which helps people who don’t have adequate food resources in our community, and to the Mahomet Ministerial Association for use in the transient fund.

LEADERSHIP TEAM The Leadership Team meeting will be Monday, December 19th, at 7:00 p.m. The day has been moved to Monday this month because of scheduling problems on Tuesday.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, December 4 was 116 and total offering was $4,342.00.

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